NEWS BRIEFS: Kilmer plans phone town hall meetings; Planned Parenthood to host event

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer will host a telephone town hall at 6:15 p.m. Thursday.

Residents of the 6th Congressional District, which includes the North Olympic Peninsula, can send an email to kilmer.teletownhall@mail.house.gov with their name and phone number by noon Thursday. Those who sign up before the deadline will receive a phone call shortly before the event inviting them to the town hall.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, a question or leave a message with their comments.

“Congress is heading into a crucial series of votes in December, and it always helps me to hear from folks back home as I form my decisions on how to vote,” Kilmer said.

“I hold a series of town halls in person and over the phone each year so I can stay accountable and accessible to you.

“I hope you’re able to participate in this upcoming call to share your ideas and concerns.”

To date this year, Kilmer has held 13 town halls, including in Tacoma, Bremerton, Aberdeen and on a ferry route from Bainbridge Island to Seattle.

He also hosted four town halls this year at local colleges and universities in the region and a number of employee town halls at local businesses.

In 2016, Kilmer held seven town hall meetings across the district.

‘Stand-up’ event

PORT ANGELES — Planned Parenthood will hold a special “stand-up” event on both sides of the 400 block of East Eighth Street on Thursday to mark the organization’s 101st birthday.

The public is invited to help Planned Parenthood let the public know how long it has been providing reproductive health care and “launch the next 100 years of reproductive health care,” during the hour-long event beginning at 11 a.m., according to a news release.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to wear pink.

Pink “101” signs will be available to those who do not have Planned Parenthood signs.

Event organizers request that participants carpool to the event and park in the surrounding blocks, as Planned Parenthood, as well as surrounding offices cannot provide parking.

Event organizers also ask that people be mindful not to block driveways or other business access.

Supporters have been lining the block in front of the Planned Parenthood Clinic every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for almost a year to protect entry for clients and to stand up for women’s and men’s reproductive health services, according to the news release.

For more information, email Judith Parker at jrypin1s@earthlink.net.

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